Our contribution to reconciliation
On 30 May 2018 the University officially launched its third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) April 2018 – December 2022.
Our third RAP will focus on 14 Signature Projects, the outcomes of which we believe will have transformational impact well beyond the University, and signal our intention to invest in reconciliation at a deeper level.
We are very proud to announce that RA has confirmed Elevate status on our RAP which signals our leadership in this work. (Read more about RAPs and their status)
About the artist and the artwork used in our Plan
The University commissioned Dixon Patten to create original artwork to use in our RAP. Dixon Patten is a proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai man who has family bloodlines from Dhudhuroa, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri, Yuin, Wemba Wemba, Barapa Barapa and Monaro. He has worked with the University on its Cultural Awareness Training program and other projects.
The artwork represents the journey taken by the University of Melbourne, working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, to develop this RAP. The pathway depicts life’s course and the waves represent the ripple effect that the RAP’s signature projects will have on students, staff and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous communities. The circles in the middle are our community – the motivation for, and guiding influence on, this RAP.
Dixon Patten, artist and designer (www.bayila.com.au)